|An English teacher was
explaining to his students the concept of gender association in the English language. He
stated that hurricanes at one time were all given feminine names and that ships and planes
are usually referred to as "she."
One of the students raised his hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?"
Not having a ready answer, the teacher divided the class into two groups, males in
one and females in the other, and asked each group to decide whether a computer should be
considered masculine or feminine.
Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.
of women concluded that computers should be considered
1. In order to get their
attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they ARE the
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little
longer, you could have had a better model.
|The men, on
the other hand, decided that computers should be considered feminine because:
1. No one but their creator understands
their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck
on accessories for it.
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